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>> alfonsi: tonight, u.s. military aircraft in the skies over iraq. the u.s. begins surveillance missions as the president considers a request for airstrikes. reports from david martin, clarissa ward in baghdad, and scott pelley in jordan with the youngest war refugees. >> reporter: some of these kids flee in their pajamas because they've got nothing else. >> alfonsi: vicente ar h a crisis on our own border-- chen fleeing central america. jeff glor is there as congress recalls the c.e.o. of g.m. >> it looks like a lot more than 15 people should have been terminated. >> alfonsi: and chip reid reports the u.s. patent office is now weighing in on the name washington redskins. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> alfonsi: good evening.
this is our western edition of the broadcast. scott is on assignment in the middle east. we'll be hearing from him later in the broadcast. i'm sharyn alfonsi. president obama briefed the leaders of congress today on the options he's considering to deal with the crisis in iraq. the white house says all options are open, except combat troops. the iraqi government is asking for the u.s. to air strike in its battle against sunni militants. the president has made no decision on that. but a u.s. military operation in iraq is under way in the sky. david martin at the pentagon begins our coverage. >> reporter: u.s. military aircraft, including warplanes from the u.s.s. "bush" with now flying round-the-clock surveillance missions in iraq. at the same time, martin dempsey told congress iraq has indeed asked for air strikes against the insurgents who now control much of northern and western iraq. >> we have a request from the iraqi government for air power. >> you do? >> we do. >> reporter: but air strikes have been put on hold, in part due to a lack of good enough intelligence to target insurgents without harming
friendly iraqi troops or innocent civilians. >> these forces are very much intermingled. it's not as easy as looking at an iphone video of a convoy and immediately striking it. >> reporter: to get better intelligence the pentagon is now >> reporter: to get better intelligence the pentagon is now planning to send 100 army green berets into iraq to serve as america's eyes and ears on the ground. the president has promised not to send u.s. troops back into combat in iraq, so those green berets would not go in to battle alongside iraqi troops. but they would be armed, and as one military officer put it, there will be risk. sharyn. >> alfonsi: all right, thank you, david martin at the pentagon tonight. sunni extremists known as isis, have been seizing territory in iraq and syria in their quest to create an islamic state ruled by sharia law. government forces are battling them for control of iraq's largest oil field. clarissa ward is in baghdad tonight. clarissa, who has control of the oil fields?
>> reporter: well, sharyn, it's a case of he said/she said. isis militants claim that they have full control of the facility, but the government insists that its forces successfully repelled that attack, and this is a key strategic target for the militants. its loss would mean major power outages, long lines at gas stations, further undermining the credibility of the government here. ( gunshots ) these kurdish peshmerga soldiers are on the offensive fighting to stop isis militants from reaching a major battle just 35 miles from baghdad. the fighting is street to street, town to town. they're filling a void created by last week's collapse of the iraqi army in the north. addressing the nation today, iraq's prime minister, nouri al- maliki, was defiant. "we have now started our counter-offensive," he said. "we will continue dealing heavy blows to militants."
but even some top shiite politicians fear his divisive policies have cost him the backing of many people. we met bayan jabr, who was interior minister in 2006 during the worst sectarian violence here. >> all the iraqis must be united if there is a government that can do that, i think we can solve 50% of the problem. >> reporter: can prime minister maliki's government do that? >> no. >> reporter: after the stunning loss of so much territory to isis, jabr believes any iraqi government will need outside help to beat the militant group, and he claims that the u.s. and iran are already working together behind the scenes. so you think it's a good thing for them to work together? >> why not. any countries, any two countries, they are enemy, they become friends. that's very good. >> reporter: today, iran's president said that his country would not hesitate to come and
defend shiite shrines here, and, sharyn, he also said that many young men have volunteered to come and "put the terrorists terrorist in their place." >> alfonsi: all right, thank you, clarissa ward in baghdad tonight. refugees from the war in iraq and the war in syria are fleeing into jordan. the humanitarian crisis there is growing by the day. scott pelley went to a refugee camp along the border on assignment for "60 minutes." >> reporter: once they saw the cut in the border, they surged ahead, as though one more second in syria would claim their children. there were more than 300, hoisting all they had in the world. their trek varied between five and 10 days through a war that tried to kill them, and a desert that could finish the job. why did you come? halima brought nine children from aleppo, a syrian city all but obliterated the shell was finally too much.
you don't know what's coming next but you know this must be better than where you came from? the jordanian border guard has been welcoming refugees for more than three years on orders of the king. we asked brigadier general saber mahayra what would happen if jordan closed its borders. "they would die in syria," he told us. once over the border, the refugees are passed to the u.n. refugee agency where andrew harper is in charge. >> this is happening every day. every day we're getting hundreds of people, sometimes up to 1,000 people fleeing the violence, fleeing the declaration in syria and coming across on into jordan. >> reporter: what kind of shape are they in when they come at the end of this journey? >> it's horrific. we're seeing children coming across now without any shoes.
often they've only got one pair of clothes. some of them are just wearing their pajamas because when their places were bombed they had nothing to grab to leave. >> reporter: they climb aboard to be trucked into an uncertain future in a u.n. refugee camp. at least 600,000 have come before them. we usually think of borders as separating nations, not here. the berm that marks this border is a ribbon of sand that binds of kingdom of jordan tightly through the death throes of iraq and syria. >> alfonsi: scott joins us from the jordan capital amman. scott, how long will the jordanians be willing to accept these refugees? >> reporter: well, sharyn, the ruler of jordan is committed to the humanitarian project here, but jordan is neither a wealthy nor populous country. there are only eight million people here, compared to 50 million in syria and iraq. today, one of the refugee camps
is among jordan's largest cities, so the country is really feeling the strain. but, sharyn, one of the largest contributors in the world to all of this is the united states, giving jordan about $1 billion a year in aid. >> alfonsi: all right, thank you, scott pelley reporting from amman tonight. the crisis in iraq is driving oil prices higher. oil closed in london today at $114 a barrel. that's up about $6 in the past two weeks. anna werner tells us gasoline prices are heading up, too. >> reporter: the cost of a gallon of gas often goes down this time of year, but it's already six cents higher than a year ago, largely because energy traders are worried about the potential loss of production from iraq's southern oil fields. tom kloza follows prices at gasbuddy.com. >> if the fighting spreads to baghdad and threatens that region then it would threaten exports, and the world, despite u.s. growth in production, the world is very delicately balanced right now in terms of crude oil supply and demand.
>> reporter: the cost of crude accounts for 65% of the price of gasoline at the pump. profits are already taking a hit at abel's fine furniture movers in dallas where janelle garcia has trucks running six days a week. this gas price increase is hitting in the worst season for you it sounds like. >> yes, you're correct on that. this is our busiest time, therefore we're having more truck out, more guys out, more fuel. we're having to constantly worry about filling up. >> reporter: just 4% of u.s. oil imports come from iraq but the six cent increase in the cost of a gallon a gas has pulled $163 million a week out of the pockets of american consumers and business. that's money that could be helping to move the economy forward. janelle garcia may have to drop plans to buy new trucks and vans this summer. >> we're having to compensate for the extra money going towards gas instead of going towards another vehicle. >> reporter: one rule of thumb
is that a $10 increase in the cost of a barrel of crude cuts global economic growth by .2%. now, sharyn, other oil exporters, including the u.s., can make up for the loss in iraqi production, but that takes time. >> alfonsi: all right, thanks, anna werner tonight from dallas. and tonight, the man being charged with being the mastermind of the benghazi attacks is being questioned by u.s. intelligence officers. ahmed abu khattala was captured in libya last weekend is on the u.s.s. "new york" headed to the united states where he faces trial. bob orr has learned khattala is being "somewhat cooperative." four americans, including ambassador chris stevens were killed in the attacks in 2012. the c.e.o. of general motors was back before congress today for another grilling of the ignition defect that is linked to 13 deaths and why it took the company a decade to recall millions of cars. jeff glor was there.
>> reporter: survivors of families of victims today watched from the back of a packed house hearing room while members of congress questioned mary barra's promise to change the company. representative tim murphy: >> i believe there are 210,000 employees or so at g.m. you mentioned 15 were fired. that's 99.99%-- if my math is right-- of the people that are the same. if you haven't changed the people, how do you change the culture? >> the 15 people that are no longer with the company are the people who either didn't take action they should or didn't work diligently enough to rectify this matter. >> i want to direct your attention to the big binder. >> reporter: also testifying, tony valukas, the lawyer hired by g.m. to write an internal investigation into delayed recalls. his 300-plus page report blamed incompetence, not a cover-up. documents show g.m. knew about a problem that can disable airbags, power steering, and power brakes for more than a
decade. congressman phil gingrey: >> that smacks of a big cover-up to me. >> why did this take so long? >> i don't have a good answer for that. >> reporter: g.m. said for years they did consider installing a safety issues even though today it was revealed that a company employee sent this e-mail in 2005 about a stalling impala. "i think this is a serious safety problem. i'm thinking big recall. i don't like to imagine a customer driving with their kids in the back seat." representative fred upton. >> when was the recall for the '06 impala announced? do you know? >> i believe-- >> two days ago, monday. >> reporter: attorney bob hilliard works with seven of the families here today. g.m. had promised answers at this hearing. do you any the families believe you got some? >> they got no answers of any substance. >> sadie was strong willed. >> reporter: daryl chunsuthus' 25-year-old daughter, sadie, died in a chevy cobalt in 2009. >> it's important to her memory and her story that this chapter
gets completed the right way. >> reporter: sharyn, the senate will hold its hearing into g.m.'s report some time in july. a criminal investigation continues. and we're expecting details on ken feinberg's compensation plan as early as next week. >> alfonsi: all right, thanks, jeff glor tonight from washington. summer doesn't start until saturday, but today much of the east baked in extreme heat. in philadelphia, schools let students go home early as temperatures soared into the mid-90s. the humidity made it feel even hotter. some cooled off in water parks. upper 80s and 90s were the norm today in about half of the country. cool down expected in days ahead. today california banned opening burning on 31 million acres because of the threats of wildfires, there have been more than 2,000 this year, 70% more than an average year. all of california is in a drought, increasing the likelihood of more fires.
>> the day after weeks of asking, journalists were finally allowed access to a u.s. border patrol facility where hundreds of foreign children are being held. since last year, 47,000 children, mostly from central america, have entered the united states illegally without their parents. vicente arenas has reported extensively on this. he has a look tonight at the facility in brownsville, texas. >> reporter: there are nearly 500 kids crammed into this border patrol facility. it was designed to hold only half that number. many are children who crossed the border into texas alone. reporters allowed inside today had to agree not to speak to the children. a cbs news producer described conditions as crowded but clean. the children will be transferred to a growing network of shelters across the country that are now caring for nearly 8,000 minors. this processing facility in nogales, arizona, is one of the centers dealing with the overflow. most of these children are fleeing poverty and gang violence in guatemala, honduras, and el salvador.
they'll remain in custody until they're reunited with a parent or are scheduled for an immigration hearing. sharyn, our producer in brownsville was told that facility has not been releasing children to the department of health and human services within 72 hours of their detention. there are just too many of them. >> alfonsi: all right, thanks, vicente arenas tonight. and pressure is growing on the washington redskins to change their name. a gold medal swimmer embarks on the toughest challenge of her life. and a city takes extreme measures against unwelcomed newcomers when the "cbs evening news" continues. what if a photo were more than a memory?
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without federal trademark protection it would become much harder for the team to keep competitors out of the lucrative market for redskins' gear. the attorney ruled there was a similar ruling 15 years ago that was overturned. we've seen the story before, he said. we are confident we will prevail once again. team owner daniel snyder has consistently said he will never change the name but dozens of native american tribes and civil rights groups have called for just that. so have 50 u.s. senators, including democratic leader harry reid. >> daniel snyder may be the last person in the world to realize this, but it's just enough time until he's forced to do the right thing and change the name. >> reporter: the trademark board said ruling will not go into effect until all appeals are exhausted and, sharyn, if history is any guide, that means it could be years. >> alfonsi: we have new details on our story of starbucks offering to pay the college tuition of some of its workers.
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your realtime captioner is linda macdonald. the teenaged stowaway speaks out for the first time. kpix 5 was the only station to talk to him about his journey in the wheel well of a jet. good evening, i'm ken bastida. >> i'm veronica de la cruz. betty yu has been in communication with him for weeks. he is finally opening up, right, betty? >> reporter: that's right. i have been talking to him for a couple of weeks now and he really is surprised by the worldwide attention. he gets it, though, but more than that he is understandably frightened. he wanted his story out there after reading so many people writing things about him appear his family that he says just aren't true. in fact, he was nervous to just do the google chat with me seeing our big news camera behind me. but i have been talking to him as i mentioned for some time
now. he says he feels misunderstood. what do you want to tell people? >> that i'm not a stupid person for the thing i did. >> reporter: so betty, this is somebody who got on a plane and he wanted to go to africa but did he know that he was getting on a plane to hawaii? >> he tells me that he did know that that plane was going at least west. he did see the hawaiian on that plane. he assumed that it would get him there. we were looking at surveillance video right now of him dazed stumbling away from the camera -- excuse me, from the plane in hawaii, this is moments after the plane landed when workers eventually spotted him. he says he was prepared to stow away to a second plane to asia and then a third. where did you want to go? [ pause ] >> i wanto